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Dempster admits to plunking A-Rod in 2013

Mark L. Baer / USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Dempster finally came clean.

On the day New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez announced he would play his final game with the club on Aug. 12, Dempster delivered some not-so-surprising news of his own.

The former major leaguer revealed on MLB Network Sunday that he purposely hit Rodriguez at Fenway Park in 2013.

When Dempster was a member of the Boston Red Sox, he appeared to intentionally drill A-Rod, who was playing while he appealed a 211-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use.

The first pitch whizzed by Rodriguez's feet, and while the next two pitches sailed inside, the last one was a high-and-tight message that hit him. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected as benches cleared.

Until now, Dempster has maintained that he never meant to hit Rodriguez.

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